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VIPD Animal Cruelty Unit Investigating Dog Poisoning On St. Croix

April 17, 2019

Christiansted, St. Croix USVI - On Saturday, April 6, 2019, at around 8:30 am, a citizen who wanted to remain anonymous, discovered 3 (three) medium size puppies dead at a church site in Montpellier near the Mahogany Road.

Dead puppy

The citizen stated that she/he discovered 5 (five) separate piles of dry dog-food with a white powdery substance on top.

Based on the information obtained, there were a total of 5 (five) puppies and 1 (one) adult female stray dog that were being fed at that location for a while.

According to the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator on the scene, three puppies showed signs of poisoning, but it wouldn’t be confirmed until a laboratory chemical screening is conducted from evidence collected at the scene.

Two of the puppies are still missing.

The laboratory results indicated that a highly-toxic poison called Methomyl was detected on the dry dog-food collected from the scene.

Pile of poisoned dry dog-food

Methomyl is a restricted carbamate insecticide and it was used to poison the dogs.

There have been three other poison cases against animals that the Methomyl insecticide was detected. Those other cases stem from 2015 in the Estate Carlton area where five dogs were killed and one survived; Estate Diamond in 2016, one dead dog and one survived; Estate Clifton Hill, 2019, five dead and one survived; and this resent case at Montpellier.

Anyone having knowledge of who has possession or is illegally smuggling this highly-toxic poison called Methomyl, please contact the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator, 911 or submit a tip to Crime Stoppers USVI at 1 800 222-TIPS.

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